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When coworkers don't get along, it can make for a very awkward place to work for everybody involved. Unfortunately it can have a trickle down effect and sabotage the health of the corporate culture. Action needs to be taken by management to clear the situation before further damage is done.
Consider the following guidelines when when beginning a new position. These guidelines will ensure a positive experience for yourself as well as for the company you chose to work for.
‘on the job’ tips
- Be sure to be a few minutes early on the first day on the job to familiarize yourself with the office environment and routine. (up to fifteen minutes early is sufficient)
- Confirm dress code prior to first day on the job. If ever unsure of dress code it is better to be more corporately dressed.
- Maintain a positive attitude and outlook at all times. This will help you naturally turn problems into opportunities.
- Plan to have at least one or two relevant questions or statements to ask or comment on during the orientation or training session. This will confirm your interest in the role and the company in general.
- Come to the first day on the job with a pen and notebook to take notes on new details and general information. Ensure you are clear on any position details. Ask questions—don’t assume.
- Send a thank you card to the person that offered you the position. As mentioned in Part 1, in the internet age, this will certainly help you stand out in the long term.
- Be proactive – if you have completed your assigned work, ask for additional work.
- Respect company and employee confidentiality regarding any information you learn about the company, other employees’ salaries as well as your own. Compensation (your own or others) is to be held in strict confidence.
- If you feel that you ever experience unprofessional behaviour from a peer or manager consider the whole situation and any trends. Once you have done this, look to speak confidentially with the Human Resource Manager.
- It is not always easy being ‘the new guy’, but your positive outlook will always help you get through.
photo credit: _Davo_
Consider the following guidelines when going on a job interview. These guidelines will ensure a positive experience for yourself as well as for the company you chose to work for.
- Be on time. Intend to arrive a few minutes early to a job interview (but no more than 10 minutes)
- Dress professionally and show a positive attitude. Do not underestimate the importance and impact of professional image. If ever unsure of dress code it is better to be more corporately dressed on the first meeting.
- Research the company before meeting with the company representative. Plan to have at least one or two relevant questions to ask during the meeting.
- Employers want to surround their teams with positive people. Always speak positively about past employers and team members or even yourself. Any negativity or discussion of ‘personality conflict’ will not be looked upon favourably. It is better to talk about highlight points and if a discussion about a ‘challenge’ comes up in the interview always look to find the ‘positive outcome’ that you learned from it or that may have resulted from it. (as this can sometimes be a challenging topic consider your response to this in advance of the interview)
- Take notes during an interview if appropriate and ensure you are clear on any position details. Ask questions—don’t assume.
- Send a thank you card to the person that interviewed you. In the internet age, this will certainly help you stand out. Be sure to double check for any spelling or grammatical errors before sending.
We’re all guilty of it. We’re trying to do it all…
According to findings by onlinecollege.org, trying to focus on more than one thing causes a 40% drop in productivity.
Do you find yourself trying to multitask while at work? Check out this infographic below.
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Corporate culture is a term used to describe the beliefs, values, and processes that provide a company with its own unique flavor and attitude. It’s really about the attitude of everyone involved with the organization. Here are some nuggets of wisdom to share with your team.
“To be an enduring, great company, you have to build a mechanism for preventing or solving problems that will long outlast any one individual leader.” ― Howard Schultz
“A company’s culture is often buried so deeply inside rituals, assumptions, attitudes, and values that it becomes transparent to an organization’s members only when, for some reason, it changes.” – Rob Goffee
“If every day at work feels like a Friday, then you are doing what you were meant to do.”
― Alan W. Kennedy
“The word attitude doesn’t mean you should be committed and loyal to your supervisor. Attitude means dedicated, committed and more clinical to the work you do and the company you’re doing the work for.”
― Vivek Thangaswamy
“Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you’ve got.” – Peter F. Drucker
We are moving our office today.
To make it even more exciting, or hectic, depending how you look at it, our business is super busy right now. You would think that with summer, things would slow down, but business is thriving. It’s buzzing in the hive.
And in the middle of all this great excitement, we’re moving our office. The good news to our clients…it’s business as usual. We believe that we are still able provide the quality of service that our clients are accustomed to. Sure, our email and phones may be intermittent for a few hours during the day today, but we still have ways to communicate with our clients. Our office just looks a little chaotic what with the boxes everywhere, and the walls becoming bare of colourful artwork.
We have a bright, shiny new office to look forward to. Onward and upward.
Great customer service builds a company's success. Proper and continued training of staff will help your company exceed your customer's needs and expectations. Cross training among co-workers is an effective tool and keeps employees engaged. Exceptional customer service will naturally occur.
Looking back at past posts of this blog, we still find value in this post from 2 summers ago, and the timing couldn’t be better. These books are timeless, fast reads – perfect for summer.
I’ve chosen two books that I believe are perfect for summer reading. Both books are not your typical heavy business or career read; and the best thing – they can be read in a very short space of time. Isn’t that what summer reading is all about?
For the Manager: The Little Book of Coaching – Motivating People To Be Winners
Ken Blanchard, Author of the One Minute Manager, co-authored the Little Book of Coaching with Don Shula, former coach of the Miami Dolphins.
This is the perfect beach side book as it’s written so you can easily navigate through it and pick up at any point. It’s a series of key quotes and statements that associate with their acronym: C.O.A.C.H. This book has many inspiring ideas and stories that can be applied to both personal and business. I believe it is an essential read for anyone in a leadership or management role.
Career Reading: Johnny Bunko – The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need
New York Times best-selling author, Daniel Pink wrote this book in Manga format, so end to end this book should take no more than an hour. It’s visual format and strong messaging serves as the ultimate guide to take charge of your career that may actually help you get unstuck and start doing what really makes you happy and fulfilled. This book carries a universal message applicable to both those deeply into their career as well as for those just beginning.